What is freedom of association?
All employees and contractors have the right to join or not join a union. This is called freedom of association. It can be unlawful for workers to be pressured by a union or by their employer to make a decision about joining, not joining or leaving a union.
For funding entities, the Code sets out several requirements for entering into contracts related to directly Commonwealth funded building work.
We’ve outlined these requirements for you below.
Enforcing Commonwealth workplace laws is the means by which the ABCC provides an improved workplace relations framework for building work to ensure that building work is carried out fairly, efficiently and productively.
The Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane has penalised Devine Constructions, its general manager and a senior employee $38,000 for refusing to engage a steel fabrication company because it did not have a CFMEU enterprise agreement.
Protected industrial action—strike payIf an employee takes part in protected industrial action, which is not a partial work ban their employer must deduct money from their pay.
The ABCC* alleged that the CFMEU and CEPU were involved in unlawful industrial action taken by workers on the Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and Queensland Institute of Medical Research construction projects on 24, 25 and 26 May 2011.
What am I required to report?
If you’re a code covered entity, there are various reporting/notification requirements placed on you by the
The Australian Building and Construction Commission is reminding all building industry participants ahead of a series of nation-wide rallies to familiarise themselves with their rights and responsibilities.
On 2 November 2016, following a contested trial, the Federal Court held that 53 employees engaged in unlawful industrial action in contravention of s.417 of the Fair Work Act 2009.
On 22 March 2017 the Federal Court handed down penalties totalling $68,900 on 53 respondents.
The ABCC* commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against 76 employees for allegedly taking unlawful industrial action on the New Children’s Hospital site in Perth.
In a statement of claim filed in the Federal Court, the ABCC alleges: